However, as they head to Bramalge Coliseum to tangle with Kansas State for a second time this season, they’ll quickly be reminded that nothing is a sure thing. After dominating in Manhattan, for much of the past 30 plus years, Kansas has lost two in a row at K-State and now, the Jayhawks find themselves in a rare position, to figure out how to win in Manhattan.
“It's a great crowd, obviously a great crowd, very active, loud, those things, but I don't know if it's a building as much as it is the players that have been playing in it. I think their crowd gives their players a lot of confidence, a lot of energy, just like our crowd does,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I think we've caught them the last couple of years when they've been really good. I mean, they've been really good. They play very, very, very well and totally deserved the outcomes that they got. The crowd is big factor -- don't get me wrong -- but the biggest thing is we've got to focus in on not letting them play well and doing something to keep them from playing well, and we can do that on both ends if we play well. If they take that away from us then they'll control the game.”
Of late, Kansas has struggled at Bramlage, being sucked into ugly games that give the perennial underdog Wildcats the best chance to win. Still, as much as it can be made to be about Kansas State, the fact of the reality is that it’s really all about Kansas and whether or not they can impose their will on their less talented and less heralded hosts.
“I think so much of it is just our approach and going into it with a mindset to attack them as opposed to letting the intangibles be a factor in the game,” Self said.